Jamaican Easter Spiced Bun #SundaySupper

Mar 24, 2013 by

Spring is here and slowly, the weather is coming around. The snow is almost melted and I’m excited for what the new season has to offer. Today for #SundaySupper, we are sharing Easter and Passover recipes and our wonderful host is Carla from Chocolate Moosey! You will find lots of Easter and Passover inspiration from the #SundaySupper bloggers at the end of the post. Be sure to check them out. We have a terrific line  up for you, as always.

It’s funny how you can have the worst week, yet there is always something that can help raise your spirits, or take your mind off things for a while. Stealing time to prepare my Easter Spiced Bun for #SundaySupper did just that for me this week. Out of nowhere, my routine got disrupted and I found myself riding a wave of change that I was just not expecting. Life throws things your way and you just have to swim. Sinking is not an option. Decisions have to be made and sometimes what you have to do, is essentially taking one for the team. I’m a true team player, especially for my family. So this past week was not for me at all. I sacrificed sleep, blogging and good nutrition so that I was able to get things done. My children have been absolute troopers! Waking up at 6am was unusual for them however, they managed to join me as I started my day like the wonderful little soldiers that they are. I can see this disruption coming to an end hopefully by the end of this week. I’m sure I will need time to recuperate. But I’m embracing the experience and summing it up to preparation for when the kids start school in the fall. Chances are, I still won’t be a morning person by then.

So on to this awesome Jamaican Easter Spiced Bun. I’ve made a few buns and I must say, I’m impressed by the variety that is out there. I’m not sure if people are just tired of a standard Easter Bun or are just willing to embrace change and experiment a little. I said to a friend of mine recently, who wasn’t so happy that I coined my Jamaican Zucchini Spiced Bun as being “Jamaican”, we can’t have just one variety of bun! Personally, I love that the main Jamaican publications are issuing Easter Cookbooks with many Easter Bun recipes. If there was only one recipe, I wouldn’t have a bun recipe to share with everyone on my blog this year. It is safe to say that as long as everyone is willing to get creative, I will have something wonderful to bake and share for Easter.

Wouldn’t you like to try this? A wonderful variation of a Jamaican Easter Bun … made with Red Label Wine.

 Jamaican Easter Spiced Bun_1


Here are the other Jamaican Easter Buns that I have made:

My very first Jamaican Easter Bun, made from a very old recipe that my Mom gave to me. I also added a brief history of the Jamaican Easter Bun

An absolute favourite of mine, Sweet Potato Bun

A moist and awesome twist on an Easter staple, Zucchini Spiced Bun 


Jamaican Easter Spiced Bun #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 10-12 slices


  • 3 Cups All Purpose Flour, Unbleached
  • 3 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 3 Tsp Mixed Spice
  • 1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup Red Label Wine (or a red wine of your choice)
  • 1 Cup Raisins
  • 1/4 Cup Boiling Water
  • 1/3 Cup Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1 Tsp Lime Juice
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Soak Raisins in 1/4 Cup boiling water, set aside
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, mixed spice, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat egg until foamy.
  5. Add sugar, butter and wine, beating after each addition.
  6. Gradually, add the dry ingredients. Mix until smooth.
  7. Fold in the raisins along with any liquid from soaking.
  8. Transfer to a greased loaf pan, lined with parchment paper
  9. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean
  10. Optional glaze: 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar + 1/4 Cup Water. Bring to a boil then simmer for 10-15 minutes until thick. Brush all over then bun and then put the bun back in the oven for about 5 minutes.
  11. Allow to cool before slicing


Recipe adapted from Enid Donaldson's Real Taste Of Jamaica



I turned to my favourite cookbook for this recipe. None other than Enid Donaldson’s The Real Taste Of Jamaica. I’m not sure if you’ve ever seen a recipe and decided that you were not going to make it that way. That is what happened with me. The original recipe called for 2 cups of brown sugar. I couldn’t bring myself to do it. So I just used a cup. I was also sure to use Mixed Spice, which I posted recently. I decided to increase the butter from 1 tablespoon to 1/3 Cup. I know, big difference – but it came out just great!


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Jamaican Easter Spice Bun – Ingredients


The batter was quite firm, but I believe soaking the raisins and having the extra liquid helped to loosen it up while folding the raisins in.

 Jamaican Easter Spiced Bun Collage (prep)


Glazing a bun is totally optional. However I prefer the texture of the bun after it has been glazed. That little extra added sweetness is really something wonderful.


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Jamaican Easter Spiced Bun – Glazed


I should note something about a Jamaican Bun. It is not a bread that is light and fluffy. It is a heavy, dense bread that is rich in flavours. In Jamaica, I enjoyed bun with Jamaican cheese. Since it can be quite pricey to get that type of cheese in North America, the next best thing (and probably better for you) is Cheddar Cheese. The cheddar that is closest in taste and texture is a sharp cheddar. We enjoyed ours with a mild cheddar that complimented the bun very well. Bun can be enjoyed as an open-faced sandwich as well as a sandwich type snack. I enjoy my cheese well secured between two slices of bun, with just a little butter to seal the deal.


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Jamaican Easter Spiced Bun


Here are some Easter and Passover recipes to inspire you for this upcoming season!


Breakfast, Breads, and Buns

Appetizers and Sides

Main Dishes




Wine Pairing Recommendations for #SundaySupper Religious Feasts from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog



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  1. I´m always looking for ways to use leftover red wine, and this is a new one. Simply wonderful recipe Lyn! You are certainly giving us so many great jamaican bread recipes, I love it. Have a great day!
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen recently posted..Orange, Raisin and Almond Couscous #SundaySupperMy Profile

  2. If you make it and it has the flavors of Jamaica, it is Jamaican! Don’t let the judgers get you down. I think that recipes are constantly evolving, which doesn’t take away from the traditional, but just adds a twist that keeps it all fresh. That doesn’t mean the original recipes will be discarded. There is always room for experimentation! Okay, off my soap boax to say that your loaf is beautiful and I love that it is eaten with cheese. That’s my kind of loaf!
    Stacy recently posted..Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese SandwichesMy Profile

  3. Sorry you had a tough week and I hope it gets better for you soon. I also like to bake to relieve stress and it is very comforting. You always have the best recipes to share and now I have a great bread recipe using red wine (and you know how much I love red wine).
    Renee recently posted..Coconut Cupcakes for #Easter #SundaySupperMy Profile

  4. This sounds pretty darn delicious to me!
    Katie recently posted..Painted Sugar Cookies for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  5. Rum and wine in bread?! Yes please. Yum
    Shannon @VillageGirlBlog recently posted..Not So Deviled Eggs for a #SundaySupper EasterMy Profile

  6. What a nice twist to buns! I love it!
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers recently posted..Coconut and M&M’s Cookies #SundaySupperMy Profile

  7. Baking can be so therapeutic. This bread looks super delicious and I love seeing different cultures’ versions of Easter Bread!
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) recently posted..Sicilian “Enchiladas”- #SundaySupperMy Profile

  8. I love bread in any form. Add wine and I’m drooling!
    Jen @JuanitasCocina recently posted..Coconut Cake with Coconut Buttercream Frosting ~ Easter + Passover #SundaySupper!My Profile

  9. Liz

    Such a gorgeous loaf…and how unique with the addition of wine! My Easter food memories always include an Easter bread, too :)
    Liz recently posted..Easter Egg Cookies…#SundaySupperMy Profile

  10. Sounds so good, Lyn. I lovethese kinds of breads!
    Cindys Recipes and Writings recently posted..Old-fashioned Peanut Rolled Eggs #SundaySupperMy Profile

  11. Gorgeous pictures and an wonderful recipe. I love all bread but miss it at times. Gluten free bread is never the same as the real deal. My family can enjoy this though and I will be pinning and printing this. Happy Easter!
    Sherron@SimplyGourmet recently posted..286. French Gratin Potatoes #SundaySupperMy Profile

  12. Bea

    This sounds and looks amazing. I hope next week is better for you all.
    Bea recently posted..Spinach Spaetzle {Spinatspaetzle} for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  13. Diana @GourmetDrizzles

    What a lovely, lovely post! I’m always so excited to learn about new flavors and traditions, and this was so interesting. Thank you for sharing, and ok… with cheese? YUM!!!!

  14. Had the privilege of tasting this type of cakebread on one of my co-ops. So yummy!
    Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) recently posted..Exotic Walnut Cookies for an Easter #SundaySupperMy Profile

  15. This bread looks so good, and I think I have everything on hand to make it today (that’s always a plus)!
    Anne @ Webicurean recently posted..Potato and Leek Gratin #SundaySupperMy Profile

  16. What kind of spices are in your mixed spice?
    Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite recently posted..Roast Leg of Lamb with Garlic and Rosemary #SundaySupperMy Profile

  17. Your week sounds like my month LOL I hope the moment passes real soon because it’s definitely not fun! And I was thinking individual buns, not a loaf bread. Which may be better if you’re in a hurry/too lazy to make the buns haha
    Carla recently posted..Carrot Cake Cheesecake #SundaySupperMy Profile

  18. So sorry about your week! I think this bread could bring comfort to any situation. Thank you for sharing during #SundaySupper
    Family Foodie recently posted..Portuguese Easter Bread | Folar de Pascoa #SundaySupperMy Profile

  19. Mmm, I love all of the spices going on in this bread. Yum!
    Jennie @themessybakerblog recently posted..Chocolate Covered Nutella Eggs ~ #SundaySupperMy Profile

  20. What a beautiful bread! I hope you’re able to get some rest soon. Thanks for sharing!
    Courtney @ Neighborfood recently posted..Resurrection Rolls for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  21. Spiced bread with wine – this is my kinda bread! It can be so hard to find enough hours in the day, hope you have the time to breathe soon!
    Katy recently posted..Easter Simnel Cake for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  22. Yum…the bread looks great! I love a bread with raisins in it! Been too long since I’ve had some!
    Martin D. Redmond recently posted..Wine Pairing Recommendations for #SundaySupper Religious FeastsMy Profile

  23. Hope your week is going better now. I am not a morning person either. Yet there are days I’m up at 5 am to get one of the hooligans to work. You would think I’d get used to it, but my kids are 19 & 24 and I still hate mornings, lol.

    This is lovely Lyn. I can almost taste it. It looks so inviting.
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